Dr. "Don" Donald Anderson Allen, 60, of Tyler, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.
He was born to Dr. Eugene M. and "Toben" Sarah Elizabeth Allen, on Jan. 26, 1953, in Tyler. Don graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1971 and received his Associates Degree from Tyler Junior College in 1973. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 1977 from the University of Texas at Houston. Don was married for 39 years to his wife, "Cece" Cynthia Boyle Allen.
Don practiced dentistry in Tyler for over 36 years. He considered his dedicated office staff, (Karen Hansen, Sherrie Frazier, Mary Ann Hoffman, and Rhonda Weathers) as his extended family and enjoyed his work with them. He was awarded Fellowships in both the Academy of General Dentistry and the Fellow International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics. He was a member of the Smith County Dental Society, the East Texas Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association and the American Dental Association, and was a member of the Tyler Junior College Dental Hygiene Development Task Force.
He was an active member of Green Acres Baptist Church and enjoyed the fellowship of his Sunday school class. He was an Eagle Scout and continued in leadership with the Boy Scouts of America as a leader in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and was currently a leader in Crew 369. He was an active Brotherhood member of the Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America, the Order of the Arrow.
Don always enjoyed spending time with his family. He inspired others to be ready to try new things and joined in many adventurous activities with his family and friends; whether it was scuba diving, skiing, dance lessons, mission trips to Guatemala, sky diving, or running. Don always strived to be helpful and available to anyone.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Eugene Allen and his wife Toben, of Tyler, and his older brother, Dr. David M. Allen of Capistrano Beach, Calif.
Don is survived by his wife "Cece" and two college-aged children, Christin Allen, of College Station, and Brian Allen, of Stephenville. He is also survived by two sisters of Tyler, Susan Allen Long and Sarah Elizabeth Allen Hoover and her husband Mike Hoover; a sister-in-law Carol Frans Allen, of Capistrano Beach; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the Lloyd James Funeral Home of Tyler from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. Funeral arrangements will be held Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Green Acres Baptist Church chapel.
Memorial donations may be made to the proposed Tyler Junior College "Dr. Eugene M. Allen" Dental Hygiene Building.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Oct. 27, 2013